“You can have a business; you can have a faith. There is no contradiction between the two,” Tracy Mack, dean of the School of Business, during his opening statements at Business as a Calling last week.
The LCU School of Business hosted the annual Business as a Calling for a gathering of local business leaders and LCU business students.
“Business as a Calling addresses a perceived tension between two aspects of our character: the economic side and the spiritual side,” Mack explained. “We encourage business leaders to merge those two aspects so that their faith can be reflected in their business and to reconcile our creative, economic selves with our Christ-centered, spiritual selves.”
Following a press conference announcing the move of the LCU School of Business to the new Christa Dobbs Center of Business, a luncheon was served in the Baker Conference Center. Students and business representatives attended the luncheon to hear two influential speakers discuss the impact of faith in a business setting:
- Dan Pope received his B.B.A in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1985 and is a member of the Rawls College of Business Advisory Council. In 1994, he founded Benchmark Business Solutions and grew his business enterprise into the most successful Xerox Agent-Dealer in the country—creating over 70 jobs in Lubbock. Pope currently serves as Chief Development Officer of Covenant Health System. He was elected Mayor of the City of Lubbock on May 7, 2016.
- Amanda Hale (’98) received her B.A. in Humanities from Lubbock Christian University and graduated from the Neeley School of Business at TCU with her M.B.A. in 2001. She has been employed with Deloitte for 15 years, leading global strategy and operations projects as well as large-scale, global process improvements. Hale actively volunteers with College Summit and chairs the NYC Leadership Council, which focuses on program development and fundraising.